- When should I start planning for Study Abroad?
- Do I need approval to study abroad?
- Can I study abroad in the summer?
- How do I know if I'm eligible?
- How do I apply for approval to study abroad?
- How do I get courses abroad approved for my Major/Minor?
- If I receive accommodations through Access Services here, is there anything special I need to know?
- Do I need a passport?
- Do I need a visa?
- How do I choose a program?
- Can I study abroad at a school that is not on the Approved Program list?
- How do I pay for Study Abroad?
- How do I figure out my expenses while I'm abroad?
- What do I need to know to manage my money abroad?
- What about health insurance while I'm abroad?
- What if I have questions or concerns about access and diversity when choosing my program?
- What do I do in case of an emergency abroad?
Planning should begin in your first year. Mention to your dean and relevant faculty your desire to study abroad. Come to the Study Abroad Resource Library in Guild and meet the Study Abroad Coordinators (students who have previously studied abroad and who can help you with the process). Visit Approved Programs to begin thinking about where you would like to study. Sophomores: be sure to attend a mandatory info session.
Can I study abroad in the summer?
Many students choose to study abroad in the summer instead of or in addition to during the academic year. Summer study abroad has the advantage of giving students flexibility, since they are not limited to approved programs. Students hoping to transfer credit from summer study abroad must review transfer credit policies and apply for transfer credit approval through the Registrar's Office.
The College does provide limited scholarships to help with the cost of summer study abroad, administered through various offices. Students must be aware, however, that Bryn Mawr institutional financial aid cannot be used for study abroad.
Yes, if you are planning to go during the academic year and have credits transfer back to Bryn Mawr. Final approval to study abroad is formally granted by the Study Abroad Committee.
Visit Eligibility Requirements.
You will be filling out an application in BiONic that will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee. You must also apply for admission to your program or host university. Visit How to Apply, and make an appointment with the Director of International Education if you have questions.
Approved Programs each have their own deadline. Visit Approved Programs for more information.
Yes. You must request approval from your major adviser (for Major #1 in your Major Work Plan) to study abroad by asking your adviser to submit a Study Abroad Major Adviser Evaluation Form. This form is located in the Study Abroad box at the bottom of your Major Work Plan.Students applying for Early Application programs must complete this step by the December deadline; for all other students, it must be completed by the general Sophomore Plan deadlines in April.
Students who wish to take courses abroad to fulfill a requirement in their major need to have the specific course approved by the major adviser in the students’ major department. This approval may take place either before or after the term abroad. Only courses approved by the major department can be counted toward the major. The adviser must send an email to the Registrar and notify the registrar that the said course will count toward the student’s major. Courses taken for elective credit are approved by the registrar.
If I receive accommodations through Access Services here, is there anything special I need to know?
Yes. If you have a disability or may require accommodations abroad, please contact Deborah Alder, Director of Access Services, at 610-526-7351 or email@example.com as soon as possible. Access and accommodations vary considerably from country to country, so it is essential to start planning early.
All travelers between countries must have a passport. The passport is the official identification of your citizenship. Students should make sure that their passports are valid until at least six months after returning from their study abroad programs. If you are a U.S. citizen, visit the U.S. Department of State passport website. International students and non-U.S. citizens should check with the embassy of their country of citizenship in the United States, if they need to renew their passport.
It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements, including those for countries you plan to visit before or after your study abroad programs. It can take several weeks to gather all of the documents needed for the visa application. Consult with your chosen program about obtaining a visa.
International students may need to have a U.S. visa valid beyond the period of their study abroad program before they may apply for a student visa for study abroad. Students on a non-immigrant F-1 Visa should consult with the Pensby Center to make sure that all their U.S. immigration paperwork is in place for their re-entry to the United States. It is important to note that international students applying for visas in the U.S. for study abroad are more successful than students who apply in their home countries. International students are advised to plan carefully and accordingly
Visit Approved Programs, come to the Study Abroad Resource Center in Guild to view brochures and other information and to meet with the Study Abroad Student Consultants, discuss with faculty in fields of interest, attend sessions with visiting Program Representatives, meet with the Director of International Education.
Can I study abroad at a school that is not on the Approved Program list?
During the academic year, students hoping to transfer credit back to Bryn Mawr can only study at a program that has been reviewed and approved by the Study Abroad Committee. This restriction does not apply to summer study abroad.
Visit Numbeo, a collaborative online database which enables users to share and compare information about the cost of living between countries and cities.
Visit Financial Matters.
All students are required to have medical, dental and mental health coverage that is acceptable in the study abroad country throughout the duration of their stay abroad. Contact your chosen program for requirements.
Please visit Access and Diversity.
When alone in another country, you need to be prepared for any crisis, whether it is an illness, accident, violent crime, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or political unrest. In case of an emergency, you should:
- Follow all travel advisory and safety precautions provided by your program.
- Follow any instructions you receive from the on-site program director or relevant university staff. If they are not aware of the emergency, contact the on-site program director or relevant university staff immediately.
- Access wellness resources that are available to you at your program.
- Notify the Deans Office at 610-526-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If the emergency happens outside normal business hours, call BMC Campus Safety at 610-529-7911.
- Additional Resources at Bryn Mawr: Sexual Assault and other forms of harassment: email@example.com ; Health Center/Counseling: During business hours call, 610-526-7360. After business hours 610-526-7778